Week 21, 2024 - Latin America

The data center market in Latin America is witnessing unprecedented growth. Investments in the sector reached USD 6.36 billion in 2023 and are projected to grow to USD 10.06 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 7.95% during the forecast period. This surge is driven by the rising demand for cloud services, the deployment of 5G...
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May 24, 2024

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Data centers in Latin America

The data center market in Latin America is witnessing unprecedented growth. Investments in the sector reached USD 6.36 billion in 2023 and are projected to grow to USD 10.06 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 7.95% during the forecast period. This surge is driven by the rising demand for cloud services, the deployment of 5G technology, and increased adoption of AI workloads.

Key Trends and Developments

  1. Adoption of Renewable Energy:
    • Countries like Brazil, Chile, Mexico, Paraguay and Colombia are setting ambitious sustainability targets to integrate renewable energy into their data centers. For instance, Brazil's renewables, including wind energy, are projected to dominate its energy mix by 2050. Microsoft Brazil has signed a 15-year agreement to procure 150 MW of wind energy.
  2. AI and Big Data Integration:
    • Latin America is becoming a hotspot for AI-driven data centers. Microsoft is developing a new data center region in Chile and collaborating on AI projects to combat deforestation in the Amazon. The region's largest AI supercomputer, Gaia, was established in Rio de Janeiro by Petrobras.
  3. 5G and Edge Data Centers:
    • The rollout of 5G networks is boosting the demand for edge data centers to support low-latency applications. Brazil leads in 5G deployment, with substantial investments in edge infrastructure expected to follow. The deployment of edge data centers is crucial to manage the increased data traffic and support advanced technologies such as IoT.
  4. Environmental and Social Challenges
    • Despite the economic benefits, the expansion of data centers in Latin America raises significant environmental and social concerns. The high water usage required for cooling these facilities is particularly controversial. For example, Google's planned data center in Uruguay faces backlash due to its projected daily consumption of 7.6 million liters of potable water, exacerbating the region's water scarcity issues.
  5. Growth in Data Center Construction:
    • The Latin America data center construction market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 9.25%, reaching USD 2.32 billion by 2029. This growth is fueled by increased demand for cloud-based services, IoT applications, and digital transformation initiatives. Major cities like São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago are becoming hubs for data center development due to their strategic locations and robust infrastructure.

Fundraising picks of the week

VREIX: VREIX is a mobile ERP designed for construction companies, addressing industry challenges such as poor control, inefficiency, and outdated information. The platform enables users to record and report data quickly directly from the construction site. Dive deeper into the case here.

Alfred: Alfred is transforming the vehicle maintenance industry into a hassle-free experience. Alfred has already demonstrated significant traction by registering over 25,000 vehicles across 6 cities and completing more than 60,000 services. Dive deeper into the case here.

Gamefic: Gamefic addresses the challenge of maintaining employee engagement, especially in the era of remote work. They have over 60 clients utilizing their gamification solution and have generated more than 300k in revenue in 2023. Dive deeper into the case here.

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Dominican Republic: President Luis Abinader, re-elected for a second term over the past weekend, plans to discuss fiscal reform with opposition leaders. The reforms will focus on taxation, public spending, education, healthcare, and police reform, aiming to protect vulnerable populations without risking economic growth. Abinader also pledged unity and impartial leadership, vowing not to seek a third term. Despite his popularity and economic successes, he faces challenges including crime and inequality.

Brazil: Brazil's central bank will propose crypto regulation in phases, with the first regulatory proposals expected by year-end. This extends the timeline initially set for June 2024. Following a public consultation in late 2023, a new consultation will begin in the second half of this year to address diverse activities and structures in the virtual asset sector. The central bank aims to create a comprehensive regulatory framework based on broad public input.

Guatemala: Walmart plans to invest $700 million in Guatemala over the next five years, starting with a new store. This investment follows a recent announcement of $600 million for a new distribution center in Costa Rica. Walmex reported strong same-store sales growth in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras, with more modest growth in Costa Rica.


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